There are more than 200 documented springs throughout the District. However, most individual springs cluster around 16 groups of springs, five of which are classified as first-magnitude groups based on the amount of water they discharge.
Updating the Springs SWIM Plans
At their July 26, 2023 meeting, the Springs Coast Steering Committee approved incremental refinements to the quantifiable objectives within the SWIM Plans for all five first-magnitude spring systems for review by the District Governing Board.
For questions or comments about the quantifiable objective refinements, email SWIMPlanUpdate@WaterMatters.org by November 1, 2023.
A virtual public meeting was held October 18, 2023. An overview of the refinements was presented and public comment was accepted at the meeting. A copy of the presentation is available below:
While recognizing the need to manage all springs, the District places a priority on the five first-magnitude spring groups: Rainbow, Crystal River/Kings Bay, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka, and Weeki Wachee. These spring groups, located in or discharging to an area known as the Springs Coast, collectively discharge more than one billion gallons per day.
Each spring system in the Springs Coast region is a unique, complex system with different sets of challenges, so each one will require different management techniques. To address these issues, the District invited local, regional and state agencies to form the Springs Coast Steering Committee (SCSC). The first goal of the SCSC is to develop management plans tailored for each spring system to identify issues, solutions, costs and responsibilities.
To assist in the effort, the SCSC has created the Springs Coast Management Committee (SCMC) to review technical data and make recommendations to the SCSC. The SCMC is composed of representatives from the founding organizations of the SCSC, along with other involved stakeholder groups. (See list below.)
Springs Coast Steering Committee Members
|City of Crystal River||Robert Holmes||City Council Member|
|Citrus County||Rebecca Bays||County Commissioner|
|Hernando County||Beth Narverud||County Commissioner|
|Marion County||Kathy Bryant||County Commissioner|
|Pasco County||Ron Oakley||County Commissioner|
|FDEP||Kim Shugar||Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration|
|FFWCC||Gregory Workman||Northeast Regional Director|
|FDACS||West Gregory||Director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy|
|SWFWMD||Kelly Rice||Governing Board Member, Chair|
Springs Coast Management Committee Members
|City of Crystal River||Doug Baber|
|Citrus County||Ken Cheek|
|Hernando County||Alys Brockway|
|Marion County||Jody Kirkman|
|Pasco County||Jason Mickel|
|Public Supply||Suzy Folsom|
|Regional Planning Council||Alana Todd|
|Academia||Dr. Patricia Spellman|
|State Parks||Rick Owen|
Technical Work Group Participants (Invited)
|Christopher Farrell||Audubon Florida|
|Deb Burden||Citrus County|
|Christina Malmberg||Citrus County|
|Enrique Latimer||Duke Energy|
|Chris Becker||Florida Park Service|
|John Burnett||Hernando County|
|Alan Garri||Kimley and Horn|
|Jocelyn Nageon de Lestang||Marion County|
|Kevin Vickers||Marion County|
|Kelsey Current||Pasco County|
|Del Bottcher||Soil and Water Engineering Technology, Inc|
|Matt Cohen||University of Florida|
All questions regarding this list should be directed to SpringsTeam@WaterMatters.org.